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LA Murder Plot Case Goes To Jury

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury has been handed the case of a Ventura County gold trader charged with orchestrating his wife’s murder.

City News Service says the murder and conspiracy trial of James Fayed went to the jury Tuesday. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Fayed has pleaded not guilty in the death of Pamela Fayed, who was stabbed and slashed 13 times in a Century City parking garage in 2008.

Prosecutors say the Moorpark man paid $25,000 to have her killed because she stood to gain half their marital assets in a divorce and also planned to cooperate with a federal investigation of her husband.

The defense has argued that Fayed’s sister might be the real killer.

Three other men are facing trial in connection with the killing.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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